‘Attachment’ is a poetic machine which allows people to send digital messages, images or videos into the air attached to biodegradable balloons.
‘Attachment’s idea began as David Colombini’s diploma project at ECAL (University of Art and Design, Lausanne) in Media and Interaction Design in Spring 2014. In October 2014, the project got support from the Migros Culture Percentage (Grant fund for Digital Culture) to developp the final object. In 2016, the machine was finalized in collaboration with Thomas Grogan and the help of Niklas Hagemann.
Since then the project has been exhibited several times in Europe.
Attachment’ is a poetic concept, a message in a bottle 2.0. Inspired by the rusty machines of Swiss sculptor Jean Tinguely, our fully automatic poetic machine will gives physical form to the digital message you send via our website.
First, It will engrave your message onto a thin piece of balsa wood connected by a string to a wooden clip. A balloon stock conveyor is then activated to place a balloon above a helium valve that automatically inflates it. Finally a simple two-piece wooden clip seals the balloon, which is then released into the air where it will travel haphazardly to a potential recipient.
Hardware / Material
Swiss Design Prize
Attachment nominated at Swiss Design Prize (Rado prize), Langenthal, Switzerland
Hull City of Culture 2017
Attachment at Hull City of Culture 2017
Attachment in New York, USA
Attachment at At Cinekid Festival, Amsterdam, Netherlands
CLIPPA Poetry Award
Attachment at the CLIPPA Poetry Award, National Theatre, London, England
Bug & Play Festival
Attachment at Bug & Play Festival, Zürich, Switzerland
Attachment at the Mapping Festival, Geneva, Switzerland
Attachment at Mirage Festival, Lyon, Switzerland
Swiss Design Prize
Nominated with Attachment for the Swiss Design Prize (Rado Star Prize for Young Talents)
Lumen Prize 2017
“Attachment” got longlisted for the Lumen Prize 2017 in category Interactive Art.
Migros grant for Digital Culture 2014
”Attachment” won the Migros Culture Percentage Grant fund for Digital Culture 2014.
Neural magazine n°57
”Attachment, serendipitous algorithmic encounters”.
“Attachment is like a modern-day message in a bottle”
“Attachment – Balloon-Powered (In)direct Messaging Revisited”